The Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s free Shakespeare in Lincoln Parks every summer has been a smashing success, and to keep it going this summer, it’s hosting an IDES OF MARCH GALA, March 13th at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln. Besides dinner, the evening will feature Shakespeare-inspired music and skits, along with Flatwater dramaturge, Stephen Buhler and his band Tupelo. Steve previews the musical portion with a chat about his own rock, country, and blues settings of the Shakespeare’s sonnets. The Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the Linden Quartet to the Sheldon Museum of Art, Saturday, March 9 at 8pm. Performing Schubert’s "Quarttetsatz" and Haydn's "Seven Last Words." Quartet members tell us all about the performance. Gold Medal Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition, ILYA YAKUSHEV swings through central Nebraska, starting with a concert for the Kearney Concert Association at the Merryman Center, Saturday, March 9; then Columbus, Sunday, March 10; and Grand Island on Monday, March 11. Yakushev explains how he does his performances. The Nebraska Chamber Players wrap up their Fall-Spring season with a concert featuring William Walton’s Piano Quartet and the English Horn Quartet by Jean Françaix, at the NET Studios in Lincoln, Friday, March 8 at 8 p.m. with an encore Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. Becky Van de Bogart tells us all about the concert. Also, it’s a full weekend for Lincoln’s Abendmusik at First Plymouth performance series beginning Friday, March 8th with a concert by one of America’s most celebrated college choirs, Concordia College Choir led by choral legend, René Clausen. Then on Saturday, March 9th, PIPEDREAMS LIVE! features First Plymouth Congregational’s stunning Lied organ and Michael Barone, the voice of American Public Media’s Pipedreams with acclaimed organists Wilma Jensen, Anne Wilson, Christopher Marks and Tom Trenney in a program of Wagner, Chopin, and the Abendmsuik Chorus joins in for Widor’s mass for Two Choirs and two organs! But that’s not all: the 3rd annual Abendmusik Music Workshop offers sessions for conductors, organists, church musicians, and singers of all ages over the two days, including concerts by the Children's Choir & Youth Choir Festival. We'll have a preview of the organ concert by Michael Barone. And, UNL’s HUMANITIES ON THE EDGE speaker series on Thursday, March 14th features a lecture/performance by Northwestern University Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, E. Patrick Johnson on "GOING HOME AIN'T ALWAYS EASY: Performance and Ethics in the Black Gay South." All that, and a statewide arts calendar.